About Us

Maitri Learning creates educational materials that are research-based, accurate, beautiful, durable, and usable. Maitri Learning was founded somewhat accidentally by a Montessori teacher who was trying to buy the perfect materials for her classroom and couldn't find them anywhere. Now, the materials she created (based specifically on the precise directions received in her AMI training) are used by Montessori teachers, parents, and teacher trainers around the world. We are named after the Buddhist word maitri which means 'having a compassionate, kind heart.' We keep the principle of maitri at the front of all of our business decisions.

When you order Maitri Learning materials you can be confident that you are receiving materials of the highest educational value. All of our materials are designed by a Montessori teacher and rigorously reviewed and tested by Montessori teacher trainers, teachers, and children before they are offered for sale. Our research-based materials contain exactly what you and your children need and nothing else. 

Maitri is a green, eco-friendly, fair-wage, right-livelihood, woman-owned business. We pay all of our employees at least $15/hour, which should be our country's national minimum wage. Our prices reflect these fair labor costs along with the higher costs of environmentally-sound paper, toxin-free laminate, and inks made without ozone-depleting substances.

"Parts of" External Anatomy

"Parts of" the Ant

3-Part Reading

$18.95 USD

Have you ever really seen the jaws on these little opportunistic carnivores? These cards let the children check out the ant's tiniest anatomical details without getti...
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"Parts of" the Bird

3-Part Reading

$18.95 USD

I love the zebra finch featured in these cards. He has the most lovely ear patches, don't you think? Scan through and discover each of the key parts of its external a...
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"Parts of" the Butterfly

3-Part Reading

$18.95 USD

Haven't you always wondered what the proboscis looked like? Well now you and your children can look at that long, straw-like tongue for as long as you like. You can e...
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"Parts of" the Fish

3-Part Reading

$18.95 USD

This goldfish is so pretty...the colors are truly magical. Explore these cards and discover each of the key parts of the fish's external anatomy. The photos include t...
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"Parts of" the Flag

3-Part Reading

$11.95 USD

My son went through a time when almost every week he made a new flag that represented him and/or his friends. His flags had great symbols like fire, deer, and dragons...
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"Parts of" the Flower (Dicot) 3-Part Reading

$18.95 USD

Check out the stamens on this beauty! You can just sense the pollen spreading and sticking to everything. These cards clearly show the difference between a stamen and...
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"Parts of" the Flower (Monocot) 3-Part Reading

$18.95 USD

Check out the landing platform offered by these petal-like tepals! You can just imagine the insects walking right up to that pollen-covered stamen. Use these in the c...
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"Parts of" the Frog

3-Part Reading

$18.95 USD

You can almost hear this bullfrog croaking. Use these cards to see up-close-and-personal its main anatomical parts including those long hind legs for jumping. These p...
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"Parts of" the Horse

3-Part Reading

$18.95 USD

Don't you just want to saddle this beauty up and canter off into the sunset? This gorgeous chestnut is a great model to show off each of the key parts of the horse's ...
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"Parts of" the Katydid

3-Part Reading

$18.95 USD

Yes, a katydid is just like a grasshopper. This particular model jumped onto my desk one day when I had left the screen door open (it was so lovely out). I didn't eve...
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"Parts of" the Leaf

3-Part Reading

$18.95 USD

A leaf's main job is to absorb sunlight and you can just feel the sunlight in this leaf from the river beech tree. Look carefully at these cards and discover each of ...
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"Parts of" the Lobster

3-Part Reading

$18.95 USD

Did you know that a lobster's "tail" is actually it's abdomen? Or that their head and torso are combined into one piece called the cephalothorax? Scan through these c...
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"Parts of" the Sea Star (Starfish)

3-Part Reading

$18.95 USD

These cards feature a species of sea star known as the Caribbean starfish. It is the perfect critter to study. You can actually see it's brightly colored tubed feet t...
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"Parts of" the Snail

3-Part Reading

$18.95 USD

This little guy was sliming its way through my garden one summer morning before I borrowed him for a photo shoot. His long tentacles (with eyes at their tip) were st...
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"Parts of" the Spider

3-Part Reading

$18.95 USD

Look at the pedipalps on this guy! He is definitely looking for love. He showed up while I was sitting on my deck one day and just sat there on my chair while I took ...
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"Parts of" the Tree

3-Part Reading

$18.95 USD

I had the hardest time figuring out how I was going to get a good photo of an entire tree, roots and all, until I came across this lovely bonsai ficus! It shows in mi...
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"Parts of" the Turtle

3-Part Reading

$18.95 USD

This eastern box turtle was the funnest model. He slowly scooted across my deck on a beautiful summer's day but paused right when I needed him to and stuck out his ta...
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Botany "Parts of" 3-Part Set

$69.95 USD

This discounted set includes a "Parts of" 3-part reading card packet for the tree, leaf, flower (dicot), and flower (monocot); 4 packets in all. Bundle of four packet...
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Imperfect "Parts of" the Frog

3-Part Reading

$18.95 USD $6.95 USD

This is just like our first quality cards except there is a slight production error that made us judge it as second quality. The error may be that the colors are sl...
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Imperfect "Parts of" the Horse

3-Part Reading

$6.50 USD

This packet is just like our first quality cards except there is a slight production error that made us judge it as second quality. The error may be that the colors...
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Movable Alphabets

Traditional Movable Alphabet

$29.95 USD

Are your children able to hear all of the sounds in words when you play the Sound Game? Do they know their pink, blue, and green sandpaper letters? Can they tell you l...
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Phonogram Alphabet

$24.95 USD

Do your children get stuck on phonograms with the traditional movable alphabet? Not any more! Put the phonogram alphabet right alongside your traditional alphabet and ...
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Black Movable Alphabet

$29.95 USD

Ready to move one step away from the traditional movable alphabet? This black alphabet is just what you need. You can use it on its own but it is awesome when used in ...
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Red Movable Alphabet

$29.95 USD

Are your children writing words with the traditional (pink/blue) alphabet but starting to perfect their spellings? Then it's time for the red and black alphabets!  Usi...
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Spanish Movable Alphabet

$29.95 USD

Write your heart out in Spanish! This includes everything you find in our traditional Movable Alphabets plus 10 of the Spanish ñ, 10 of the dots for above the u (diaer...
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Alphabet Box: New!

$13.95 USD

These new craft boxes have plenty of room for all of the letters in our movable alphabets. They feature a transparent lid that closes easily and completely; this allow...
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Montessori for Adults

The 1946 London Lectures of Maria Montessori

$18.95 USD

This is the Montessori book you MUST have. If you only buy one, start here. These are the lectures Dr. Montessori gave as part of the 1946 teacher training course in L...
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Maria Montessori Speaks to Parents

$9.95 USD

Maria Montessori never underestimated the role of the parent. In fact, she wrote special lectures for parents that she offered during courses and congresses. This boo...
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Montessori Language Approach by Muriel Dwyer

$7.00 USD

This is the essential guide to the Montessori approach to language education. Dr. Montessori originally developed her method for helping children to learn Italian, a ...
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The Joyful Child

$19.95 USD

The Joyful Child: Montessori, Global Wisdom for Birth to Age 3 by Susan Stephenson Every culture has wisdom but in modern times much of it has been lost. The first t...
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Child of the World

$14.95 USD

Montessori Global Education for Ages 3-12+ by Susan Stephenson A favorite of parents and teachers around the world. Montessori ideas for raising and educating childr...
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The Universal Child

$16.95 USD

The Universal Child: Guided by Nature by Susan Stephenson International Montessori advocate, AMI diploma holder at the 0–3, 3–6, and 6–12 levels, artist and author, ...
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No Checkmate

$14.95 USD

No Checkmate by Susan Stephenson This book is about more than chess, but how to analyze activities, give lessons, and share our lives with children in the Montessori...
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Montessori Pedagogy Blog

Intervening with Tough Behavior

I have been amazed again and again at how effective these gentle, indirect approaches can be for the young child. We don't even admit that anything untoward happened in the moment. We just redirect the attention and move on. Then, later (see below), we come back and teach the preferred behaviors that may have prevented the conflict. By so doing, we avoid the common trap of making some children "bad" kids. If we call out their name or emphasize the problem, we draw the attention of the entire room to the negative event. But if we discretely redirect the attention, we do not inadvertently contribute to a culture of negativity in the room. 

When you must address the conflict head-on, do so directly and briefly—no lectures, no big conversations or explanations. Speak directly to the issue just as Mr. Brown said in the video. You might say, “No, we do not hit each other at school.” It’s important to add this last prepositional phrase because it may be the case that the children witness people being hit regularly in other environments. We don’t want to create further confusion if the child is seeing different behaviors in different settings. Remember that children will naturally adapt to the behaviors they see around them…the good, the bad, and the ugly. And, they see their ‘people’ as normal no matter if they act like Barak Obama, Queen Elizabeth, or a bully.

 

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Which font: Print, Italic, or Cursive?

When we begin our own primary (ages 3 to 6+) classrooms, we need to make a decision about our sandpaper letters and movable alphabet--which font do we choose? But, many of us inherit a classroom and must use the font we have. Or, we must follow the culture of our school so there is consistency from room to room. In any event, this is a topic Montessori guides consider deeply.

Unfortunately, I have not been able to find any specific, convincing studies that directly answer the question of which font is preferred. This is why Maitri Learning offers our movable alphabets in all three of the fonts commonly used for the sandpaper letters.

The question of font, however, has been indirectly answered.

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Fade and Observe

“Old Montessorians never die, they just fade and observe.”

- Author unknown

Hand washingI was observing in a primary classroom the other day when I saw an utterly enthralled 4-year-old boy doing the hand washing work. His hands were in the beautiful blue and white basin and he was smiling as he turned the water over and under each hand.

Soon he let out a sigh which apparently meant he was ready for the next step. He lifted his hands out of the basin, dried them on the towel, grasped the sides of the basin, and went to empty it. But into what? The perfectly coordinated pail was sitting ready for him on the shelf beneath the basin but it went completely unnoticed. Instead, the boy put the basin back on the table and placed the matching blue and white pitcher on the ground in front of the table. He then proceeded to meticulously pour the basin water into the wide-mouth of the pitcher! No easy task, let me assure you, yet very little water was spilled.

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